Phish at Dick's, Labor Day Weekend, night two, 8/31/13 (photos, review, setlist)

Eric Gruneisen
Trey Anastasio of Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on night two of the band's annual three-night Labor Day run at Dick's.

I guess we do really all love Dick's. For the first time last night, Phish sold out Dick's Sporting Goods Stadium, which can hold up to 26,000. Not too bad for some goofy dudes who have never had a hit song. Many assumed the show would sell out, you could see with your own eyes that it was getting more and more packed over the past two runs in Commerce City, and after Chicago sold out a 30,000 venue, it was an obvious "day of" sellout.

See also: Review, photos, setlist from Phish at Dick's, night one, 8/30/13 and night three, 9/1/13

Eric Gruneisen

Once inside, the first thing I noticed was that security had put up an inner metal fence that had staggered openings spaced apart from the stands openings to make it harder to rush the field. Last night was a bit of a mess around sections 121 and 124, from my vantage point, lots of scuffles and flashlights shooting around as people tried to bum rush the floor, and I'm pretty sure I saw a worker get knocked down. The fence wasn't a surprise, and over the course of the night, I noticed that it worked.

See also: Slideshow - Camping with Phish at Dick's

Scattered storms that threatened throughout the day never really showed, leading to a pretty beautiful evening, and by the time it was 8 p.m., the place was packed all the way to the back of the field. "Buried Alive" opened the show, once again like "Ghost" the night before, kicking it off with a bang and causing the crowd to cheer and immediately get down to business dancing at the songs frantic pace.

Eric Gruneisen

Trey Anastasio's guitar work sounded clear once again and the sound in the back stands was just as on point from the get-go. "AC/DC Bag" came next, with Page McConnell throwing down some really chunky chords; offering just a taste of the nonstop dirty funk he would be bringing to the table again and again over the course of the night.

See also: Slideshow - Camping with Phish at Dick's

The funk continued with "Wolfman's Brother," and Page's organ work, combined with Jon Fishman absolutely commanding the lead, had the crowd at full swing. New song "Yarmouth Road," another decent Mike Gordon slightly Caribbean sounding tune, came next. Most of the people around me didn't know the song, and when they asked me, they couldn't figure out what I was saying, but it was favorably received, nonetheless.

Eric Gruneisen

Finally "Fee" arrived, which hadn't been heard since Alpine Valley last year, and Trey sounded great on the vocals, which is key to enjoying the song. The piano solo was particularly poignant on this, leading to a really twinkly light jam that felt right after all that funk and getting down. "Halfway to the Moon" and "The Wedge" were up next, and both were great versions.

See also: Slideshow - Camping with Phish at Dick's

The whole set was played really well. I had to remind myself a few times that it was still first set. When "Halley's Comet" came on, one of those guys that wear the full body suits with a green neon stick-figure-man sewn on, came to the back of the floor, and danced his confident, swagger, stick-figure-man dance for the stands.

Eric Gruneisen

"Bathtub Gin" started with Page pulling off an especially cacophonous intro, and the band charged strong during the jam. Trey was just ripping it up and making his guitar scream, and it made "Bouncing Around the Room" a welcome break afterwards. "Mound" had a minor flub in the beginning; the audience was nowhere close to clapping correctly, but it's not an easy one, and the rest of the song was strong.

See also: Slideshow - Camping with Phish at Dick's

Page once again showed off his chops in "Gumbo" with a sick piano solo. And just in case you didn't recognize how sick of a solo it was, the notion was reinforced by everyone saying, "That's sick! That's sick!" The first set closed out with a bang, an on point "Run Like an Antelope," which made every person in the place take their energy level to full blast.

Eric Gruneisen

Keep reading for more on the show, including setlist and review of set two

See also:
-Review, photos, setlist from Phish at Dick's, night one, 8/30/13
- Camping with Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park
- Phish and fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

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